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Gregory Matthews    3,281
Gregory Matthews

Most of you know that I have a son who is a Correctional Officer at a major prison in California.  Many of you know that's a few years back the then Governor of California publicly honored him in a ceremony at the State Capitol.

I have been informed that he is going to be honored again on September 14, in Elk Grove.

The message was somewhat cryptic, and I am attempting to find out more about it.  For now, I do not know exactly who is honoring him, but obviously the Department of Corrections is involved.

But, it seems that sometime earlier he was driving to work and noticed a burning building.   He stopped and helped a woman to escape from her burning apartment. 

I will keep you informed.

 

 

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Gregory Matthews    3,281
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My son is out of town and out of touch.  I am attempting tp piece the story together without real reliable sources.  This is how it is looking at this point in time:

The apartment building is located on a route traveled by a number of prison employees.  My son and another Correctional Officer (CO)  both spotted the burning building as they drove to work and both noted that there were no fire department personnel present.

Both rushed into the burning 2-story building and began evacuating people.  At one point they were both talking to a woman who refused to leave until she located her cat.  At that moment in time, the apartment next to hers was burning and the hallway was filled with smoke.  At the very point where the two COs were preparing to physically remove the woman against her will, she caved in and agreed to go.

Prison officials found out about my son's participation in this due to the fact that when he reported to work that morning his clothing was saturated with the smell of smoke and he was asked to explain.

The is what I believe to be the case now.

 

 

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He will be receiving the Gold Medal, the 2nd highest medal that the Department of Corrections gives.

He has been formally recognized twice before--once for a hostage situation and once for a situation which involved an attack on a correctional officer.

The situation was essentially as I stated above with the following addition:  Some of the people living in the building left on their own accord.  The COs checked all apartments for people who had not left on their own.

Due to the fire in the next apartment and the smoke in the hall, the two COs had entered the apartment of the woman who was refusing to leave until she found her cats.   It was at the point where  they were going to physically remove her that she decided to leave on her own volition.   

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Nobody knows, except, probably, the woman.  As she was told, your cats will return when things calm down and they are ready to come back.

 

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My son is 6'3",  skinny as a string-bean and well able to handle himself.  

 

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